Two years ago the Internet let out a collective ’awwww’ at the now iconic photo of these twin sisters holding hands at the moment of their miraculous birth.
Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite are monoamniotic twins — a condition so rare that it only affects 1 in 10,000 pregnancies — and shared the same amniotic sac until their birth by caesarean section on May 9, 2014. Complications can easily arise with two babies and two umbilical cords sharing the same space, and so their mother Sarah Thistlethwaite spent 57 days prior to the girls’ birth on bed rest, keeping herself busy by knitting clothes for the keenly anticipated new babies.
Every birth is miraculous, and multiple pregnancies are extra special. But what the doctors and nurses witnessed in the delivery room melted everyone’s hearts. The girls, who were born just 45 seconds apart, clasped hands and held on to each other as everyone in the room looked on in awe. Thistlethwaite recalls, ’It was the most amazing and beautiful moment.’
The incredible moment when Jenna and Jillian are born holding hands.
Mother Sarah Thistlethwaite reaching out to her miracle babies.
The twins are now two years old, and whilst they have developed very distinct personalities — Jillian is the fearless one, whilst Jenna is more cautious — they’re still every bit as close as the day they were born.
The incredible bond between twins is well documented, but these sisters share something unique and special. Thistlethwaite describes how if they are separated even for a short period of time, such as when she and her husband take one each with them on different errands, they both get really upset and ask for each other.
The twins on their first birthday.
The girls have their mischievous moments just like any siblings, and their parents have to buy two of everything to minimize competition, but both girls share a love of swimming and being outside.
One thing is for sure: these girls will always know the joy of growing up with a ready-made best friend, and they will have a pretty awesome story to tell at dinner parties when they grow up.